June revenue for Kansas beats reduced estimates

By Emily FetschJuly 2, 2020 In June, the governor released potential budget cuts to address the significant revenue decline for fiscal year 2020 and the anticipated  shortfall for fiscal year 2021. Today, the last State General Fund (SGF) revenue receipt update of the 2020 fiscal year was released. While the estimated total receipts revenue for June was $491 million, the … Read More

How Kansas kids were doing before the coronavirus

By Emily Fetsch June 22, 2020 The 2020 national release of the KIDS COUNT® Data Book, from the Annie E. Casey Foundation, shows Kansas ranks 19th among all states in child well-being. The report includes 16 key indicators, which fall into four categories. However, the data used for the report is from 2018, so the information does not reflect current … Read More

Why Kansas kids need cash assistance now more than ever

By Emily Fetsch June 10, 2020 Our current economic crisis could be particularly difficult for children, new research shows. Two reports from the Center on Poverty and Social Policy at Columbia University show that increased unemployment will lead to larger increases in poverty rates for children and working-age adults. Unfortunately, data also shows that most children living in poverty or … Read More

May revenue comes in above expectations for Kansas

Emily Fetsch June 8, 2020 The monthly State General Fund Revenue Receipt Update was released June 1. While Kansas tax revenue decreased compared with May of last year, the decrease was less than anticipated. The estimated total receipts revenue for May was $424 million, and the actual revenue brought in was $441.6 million. Compared with last year (May 2019), the … Read More

A statement from Kansas Action for Children

June 3, 2020 Kansas Action for Children joins all of those across Kansas and the nation voicing outrage over the death of George Floyd at the hands of Minneapolis police. Every single Black family and Black child in our state matters. Too often, legacies of racism built into our society actively harm people of color. Lawmakers have enacted policies that … Read More

Medicaid expansion would address public health, budget challenges

By Emily Fetsch May 19, 2020 With an estimated decline of more than $1.27 billion in tax revenue over the next two years, Kansas must look to stabilize and increase revenue, while setting the stage for economic recovery. Our state has learned from past economic downturns, including during former Gov. Sam Brownback’s tax “experiment,” that we can’t cut our way … Read More

April revenue numbers show difficult path ahead

Emily Fetsch May 12, 2020 Last month, the Consensus Revenue Estimating Group offered its predictions for the next year, painting a grim picture for state finances during the COVID-19 pandemic. The monthly State General Fund Revenue Receipt Update was released May 1, and those predictions appear to be mostly on target. The estimated revenue for April was $645.59 million, and … Read More

New estimates show sharp Kansas revenue declines, need for investment in kids

By Emily Fetsch April 20, 2020 People across the state are hurting, as COVID-19 disrupts Kansans’ daily lives. From their employment and health, to their education and mobility, Kansas families have all been touched by this virus. There have also been implications for the Kansas economy, with significant decreased revenue coming into the state, a drop of more than $1.27 … Read More

Making working from home work for you

Kansas Action for Children March 25, 2020 As coronavirus shutdowns spread across the state and country last week, many employees and offices transitioned to working from home. That also meant being out of the office and separated from each other for an extended period. For some workplaces, this is new. And the rapidly changing circumstances mean that many may be … Read More

Kansas needs to brace for a rough economy

Emily Fetsch March 20 (Cross posted from the Kansas Center for Economic Growth) With the spread of COVID-19 taking place in Kansas, across the country, and across the world, we have seen the economy take a massive hit. Huge dips in the stock market, massive layoffs, and underemployment and unemployment as businesses close to respond to the health crisis. The … Read More